International Webcast: Birth of a Nation
In May, 2002, the United Nations, which had been administering East Timor, turned over the reins of the country to its new, democratically elected government, finally delivering to the Timorese people the freedom they have voted for in 1999. Dignitaries from around the globe, including the UN Secretary General and the President of Indonesia, attended. Former President Bill Clinton represented the US.
The Timorese flag, which only years before would have been grounds for imprisonment or even death, was officially raised on the democracy for the first time.
Mary was on the ground during the celebrations, web casting the ceremonies with TheCommunity.com and United Nations Foundation.